The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Kennedy International Inc., has issued a recall plastic folding step-stools after reports the stool can crack and break, resulting in consumers falling. The manufacturer has received at least 15 reports of incidents where the stool cracked or broke, three resulting in injuries. Reported injuries include two back injuries and one fractured leg.
This recall involves 9-inch and 13-inch Kennedy International folding step stools. The step stools are plastic and have a handle for carrying the stools when they are folded. The style number is 3575 for the 9-inch and 3576 for the 13-inch step stools. The style number is printed on a sticker on one of the legs of the stool. “Kennedy Home Collection” is also printed on a label on some of the stools.
They were sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other retailers nationwide from January 2010 through January 2012 for between $8 and $12. They were sold in the following colors: blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia, lime and various color combinations.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled step stools and contact Kennedy International to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Kennedy International toll-free at (855) 270-8301 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kennedy-intl.com.